The Foundation – Teen Facilitator Guides

Facilitator guides for the Transformed weekly teen devotions that fit with The Foundation – Year C.

Introduction
Our teens face challenges to their faith like never before. In 2016, WELS Discipleship began to publish weekly devotions specifically with them in mind as a series called Transformed (wels.net/transformed). We pray that these devotions will transform teens by connecting them to the Word of God and to him who is their Life.

This is our goal: We want to raise the bar for youth ministry by providing quality and flexible resources for teens and for ministry to them including: 1) weekly devotions for teens; and 2) weekly facilitator guides for youth group leaders.

Beginning 2022, Transformed teen devotions will connect to The Foundation. The Foundation is a collection of resources meant to save busy called workers and leaders time in the areas of worship, preaching, and outreach. The teen devotions and youth leader facilitator guides will follow the texts chosen and presented in the “Preacher Podcast” to maximize the work that a preacher may be doing already for the weekend. The template for the facilitator guides noted below could easily be adapted for any sermon text that a preacher may study. The philosophy here is to do good work once and then use it in as many forums as possible.

What guides us when writing the devotions?

  1. Our goal is to write a 300-word devotion with one main idea/truth that will be appropriate to share with a high school-age target audience.
  2. We don’t assume they all are at the same level of faith or understanding of theological jargon.
  3. The devotions and facilitator guides will be connected in theme and content. We do not recommend reading the devotion in the context of a study. The devotions are intended for individual and personal devotional reading by a teen (encourage your teens to subscribe at wels.net/transformed). The facilitator guides are intended to be used in a group setting for discussion and study.

How do I use the facilitator guides?

  1. The facilitator guides are NOT intended for distribution to the youth group. These are prepared to assist youth leaders as they guide and facilitate discussion with teens around the Scriptures.
  2. At the top of each guide is a single goal statement. The goal is to keep the focus and the takeaway to one thing. The goal statement directs the rest of the facilitator guide.
  3. Each guide will have four key components with one to three questions or discussion points:
    • Starting the Discussion: This first section is intended to be light and easy, to engage and get the conversation going. Have a little fun with these questions.
    • Connecting: This section serves as a bridge between the opening conversation and the body of the study/discussion. It should get the group thinking about the topic/text even before they’ve looked at it.
    • Digging In: Here we want to dig into some texts or the text for the day and see what Scripture says. The questions are meant to be open ended to give a beginning of a scriptural conversation. These are a guide for a spiritual and scriptural conversation.
    • Concluding: Here we want to wrap up the discussion, perhaps circling back to the “connecting question” above.

The facilitator may rewrite questions and add questions of his own both in preparation and on the fly to guide the conversation toward the one stated truth. God bless this work!

Here and Now – 2022 Youth Rally – Media Kit

Transformed – Teen Devotions – Archive 6

Year 6 of Transformed teen devotions.

Kids Connection Leader’s Guides

See the coming (and past) stories for Kids Connection.

Transformed – Teen Devotions – Archive 5

Year 5 of Transformed teen devotions.

Transformed – Teen Devotions – Archive 4

Year 4 of Transformed teen devotions.

Transformed – Teen Devotions Archive 3

Year 3 of teen devotions.

Transformed – Teen Devotion Archive 2

Year two of archived teen devotions.

Transformed: Equipping Youth Leaders – Introduction

This eight-part video series that includes presentations by youth workers from around the synod and shares ideas and resources to help congregations transform their youth ministries.

Along with the downloadable videos, which focus on the importance of the different aspects of youth ministry, Transformed: Equipping Youth Leaders also includes a collection of Bible studies, recommended reading and “how-to” resources for their youth ministries.

Workshop One – Setting the Stage
Workshop Two – Equipping Youth: 7th Grade & Beyond
Workshop Three – Games, Mixers & Activities
Workshop Four – Importance of Christian Mentoring
Workshop Five – Youth-Driven Bible Studies
Workshop Six – Partnering with Parents: Birth-6th Grade
Workshop Seven – Faith Experiences
Workshop Eight – Marriage Building Ministries

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Transformed: Equipping Youth Leaders – Workshop One – Setting the Stage

Workshop One – Setting the Stage

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Transformed: Equipping Youth Leaders – Workshop Two – Equipping Youth: 7th Grade & Beyond

Workshop Two – Equipping Youth: 7th Grade & Beyond

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Transformed: Equipping Youth Leaders – Workshop Three – Games, Mixers, and Activities

Workshop Three – Games, Mixers, and Activities

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Transformed: Equipping Youth Leaders – Workshop Four – Importance of Christian Mentoring

Workshop Four – Importance of Christian Mentoring

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Transformed: Equipping Youth Leaders – Workshop Five – Youth-Driven Bible Studies

Workshop Five – Youth-Driven Bible Studies

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Transformed: Equipping Youth Leaders – Workshop Six – Partnering with Parents: Birth-6th Grade

Workshop Six – Partnering with Parents: Birth-6th Grade

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Transformed: Equipping Youth Leaders – Workshop Seven – Faith Experiences

Workshop Seven – Faith Experiences

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Transformed: Equipping Youth Leaders – Workshop Eight – Marriage Building Ministries

Workshop Eight – Marriage Building Ministries

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Transformed – Teen Devotion Archive

Find PDFs of past devotions from the Transformed series.

General Sunday School

Sunday School Teachers – Forms, Letters, Evaluations

Partners – Newsletter Archive

Archived editions of Partners newsletters, published by the Commission on Youth and Family Ministry through 2009.

Confirmation – General documents

Confirmation – Service Samples

Samples of confirmation worship services.

Confirmation – Service Projects

Service Project ideas from parish pastors.

Confirmation – Sermon Summary

Samples of sermon summary forms.

Confirmation – Progress Reports

Sample progress report forms.

Confirmation – Parent-Student Orientation

Orientation methods and information from parish pastors.

Confirmation – Memory Work

Samples of memory work lists and explanations of the purpose for memory assignments.

Confirmation – Examination Ideas

Ideas for confirmation examination from parish pastors.

Reach Newsletter

Reach was a quarterly newsletter on youth ministry produced by the Commission on Youth and Family Ministry between 2003-2009. Archived issues are available below.

Confirmation – Rites

Sample confirmation rites from parish pastors.

Kressin – Helpful Ideas for Teaching Sunday School

Teaching Sunday school is an awesome responsibility. It is the only opportunity that many children have to learn the Word of God. I believe we can have our students remember that learning about God’s love is a wonderful experience. Over the years I have watched shy kids blossom and sing in church, I have seen children who experience the death of a loved one be comforted from knowing God’s Word, and I have even watched a young man get confirmed this year who when he was little declared in his first Sunday school class that he didn’t believe in God.

In the summer of 2006 I asked several teachers to share their successful ideas on teaching Sunday school. I have put these responses together to share with other teachers. I think you will find this handbook helpful whether you are a new teacher or an experienced one. I would like to thank those teachers who contributed their ideas to help build a great Sunday school ministry team.

Yours in Christ,

Claudia Kressin

Vacation Bible School

Parents Crosslink Archive

View the Parents Crosslink Newsletters published from 2005-2009.

General Early Childhood

Sowers and Seeds

Read past issues of Sowers and Seeds from 2005-2009.